Charlie Watts

Charlie Watts



Charles Robert Watts (born 2 June 1941) is an English drummer, best known as a member of the Rolling Stones. Originally trained as a graphic artist, he started playing drums in London’s rhythm and blues clubs, where he met Brian Jones, Mick Jagger, and Keith Richards. In 1963, he joined their group, the Rolling Stones, as drummer, while doubling as designer of their record sleeves and tour stages. He has also toured with his own group, the Charlie Watts Quintet, and appeared at London’s prestigious jazz-club Ronnie Scott’s with the Charlie Watts Tentet.

In 2006, Watts was elected into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame; in the same year, Vanity Fair elected him into the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame. In the estimation of noted music critic Robert Christgau, Watts is "rock's greatest drummer." In 2016, he was ranked 12th on Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Drummers of All Time" list.[1]



Watts At Scott's
Watts At Scott's is an album by musical artist Charlie Watts, released on January 1, 2004.
Charlie Watts Meets The Danish Radio Big Band
Charlie Watts Meets The Danish Radio Big Band is an album by The Danish Radio Big Band, released on April 21, 2017.
Elvin Suite
Elvin Suite is a song by The Danish Radio Big Band, released on April 7, 2017.
(Satis) Faction
(Satis) Faction is a song by The Danish Radio Big Band, released on March 24, 2017.

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Today in Entertainment History
  –  December 21, 2017
In 1964, the book “Ode to a High-Flying Bird” by Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts was published. It was a tribute to jazz great Charlie (Bird) Parker. In 1968, Janis Joplin made her first appearance after leaving Big Brother and the Holding Company.
The best reissues of 2017
  –  December 20, 2017
Though audio quality is sub-par at times, the band is solid throughout — check out Charlie Watts' loose, infectious pulse on "Route 66." This set might be the single best glimpse of the Stones' origins, before outsized spectacle became essential to the ...
On Air pulls back the curtainon the band’s early years
  –  December 18, 2017
The Associated Press From left, Ronnie Wood, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones perform near Paris, France in October 2017: "We were just hitting a groove!" says Richards. - Michel Euler,The Associated Press Mick Jagger ...
Keith Richards reflects on the Rolling Stones' BBC recordings, complete with threats of decapitation
  –  December 17, 2017
Stones songwriter and guitarist Keith Richards, 73, says recently from his home in Connecticut, where he’d just returned after having wrapped a tour of Europe with bandmates Mick Jagger, drummer Charlie Watts, lead guitarist Ron Wood and bassist Darryl ...
With ‘On Air,’ Rolling Stones look to past radio recordings
  –  December 16, 2017
In the early ’60s, the Stones’ lineup also included Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, Brian Jones and Bill Wyman. Richards said they were “a club band that sort of managed to expand its thing onto the big stage.” The band returned to its blues roots last ...
Entombed BBC live recordings released by the Rolling Stones
  –  December 14, 2017
His job is to provide light ballast, rather than rhythmic bottom. Charlie Watts, on drums, plays a jazzer’s role of accentuation. The guts of the sound are higher up: those Jones and Richards guitars, the harmonica licks, and, naturally, Mick Jagger’s ...
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2018 Is Here!
  –  December 14, 2017
Guitarist Elliot Easton’s rockabilly and surf-rock flourishes, Greg Hawkes’ ingenious keyboard science and drummer David Robinson’s futurist-Charlie Watts backbeat completed the design, already honed to maximum appeal on the Cars’ 1978 self-titled ...
Bon Jovi, Moody Blues among 2018 Rock Hall inductees: See the full list
  –  December 13, 2017
Guitarist Elliott Easton's rockabilly and surf-rock flourishes, Greg Hawkes' ingenious keyboard science and drummer David Robinson's futurist-Charlie Watts backbeat completed the design, already honed to maximum appeal on the Cars' 1978 self-titled debut ...
Review: The Rolling Stones' Scrappy Sixties Radio Recordings Show Early Roughneck Greatness
  –  December 6, 2017
and the Willie Dixon-penned Muddy Waters signature "I Just Wanna Make Love To You," Charlie Watts pounding down the door while Brian Jones freaks out on harmonica. You also hear the Stones as part of a scene – covering Berry's "Beautiful Delilah" in '64 ...
Album reviews: U2 - Songs of Experience, Van Morrison - Versatile, Neil Young - The Visitor, The Rolling Stones - On Air and more
  –  November 29, 2017
Instead, On Air relies solely on razor-sharp R&B, with loose-limbed, lean and rangy covers of Chuck and Bo songs interspersed with early band originals like “Come On” and a chunky “Satisfaction”, Charlie Watts sounding like a marching army on the ...
People Are Finally Recognizing Ringo Starr as One of Rock's Great Drummers
  –  November 27, 2017
(A distinguished, suit-wearing jazzhead like Charlie Watts, who would have been at home in Count Basie’s band, bet on the wrong horse as far as today's cultural currency.) The other crucial historical shift is a rethinking of which era of the Fabs ...
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